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HITACHI ABB POWER GRIDS AND AIBEL CONFIRMED FOR THIRD PHASE OF DOGGER BANK WIND FARM

17th February 2021 in Press releases, Project news

  • Hitachi ABB Power Grids to install HVDC Light® technology to connect the transmission link on all three phases of Dogger Bank Wind Farm, making it the UK’s first HVDC-connected windfarm.
  • Aibel to provide the offshore platforms for Dogger Bank A, B and C.

17 February 2021: Dogger Bank Wind Farm, Aibel and Hitachi ABB Power Grids are today announcing contracts to provide the offshore platform and associated transmission link for the third phase of the world’s largest offshore wind farm.

The two suppliers, which were previously appointed as tier one suppliers for the first two phases of Dogger Bank Wind Farm, are now confirmed for all three phases of the development, Dogger Bank A, B and C.

Both contracts are subject to financial close on Dogger Bank C, which is currently forecast for Q4 this year.

Dogger Bank Wind Farm has been developed as a joint venture between SSE Renewables and Equinor (50:50), and ENI will take a 20% stake in the first two phases, subject to regulatory and lender approvals of Eni’s agreement to enter the joint venture which are due during Q1 2021.

Dogger Bank Wind Farm Project Director, Steve Wilson, said: “Confirmation of our collaboration with Hitachi ABB Power Grids and Aibel on all three phases of Dogger Bank Wind Farm is another important milestone for our world-leading development. Working together in an integrated way will enable us to achieve optimum efficiency during the design, procurement and construction work, while the use of market-leading HVDC technology will ensure efficient and reliable transmission of renewable energy for 6 million UK households once all of the windfarm phases become operational.”

The electricity generated by the turbines at Dogger Bank, which are between 130km and over 200km from shore, will be transmitted onshore via subsea cables. Due to the distance of each of the Dogger Bank phases offshore, it will be the first HVDC connected wind farm in the UK. An HVDC connection will ensure the renewable energy being transmitted over the long distances from the Dogger Bank offshore to the onshore grid connections in East Riding and Teesside, will be achieved efficiently while minimising losses.

Hitachi ABB Power Grids will install its compact high-voltage direct-current technology, called HVDC Light®, for efficient transmission to the project’s onshore grid connections in the East Riding of Yorkshire for Dogger Bank A and B, and on Teesside for Dogger Bank C.

Aibel will work alongside Hitachi ABB Power Grids to provide the offshore converter platforms located in the North Sea.

“Together, with customers and partners, we are playing a key role in accelerating the energy transition,” said Niklas Persson, Managing Director of Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ Grid Integration business. “HVDC technology contributes significantly towards a carbon-neutral energy future by enabling the integration of large-scale and remote renewable energy generation,” he added. “Being selected once again underlines our customers’ trust in our world-leading expertise and delivery capabilities.”

 “Alongside our partner Hitachi ABB Power Grids, our skilled engineers have developed integrated solutions and established an efficient supply chain for our deliveries. We are proud to see that our concept wins in a very competitive environment,” says Executive Vice President for Field development and Offshore wind in Aibel, Nils Arne Hatleskog.

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Picture caption: An artist impression of an offshore wind farm with an Aibel convertor platform Picture source: Aibel

 For further information:

Media contact – Dogger Bank Wind Farm: Rachel Lawrence, SSE Renewables rachel.lawrence@sse.com

+44 (0) 7385 368783

Rebecca Bleasdale, Hitachi ABB Power Grids Ltd.

Head of External Communications, Content & Media Relations

+41786432613

Rebecca.Bleasdale@hitachi-powergrids.com

Mona Winge, Aibel AS

Corporate Communication Manager

Direct: +47 85 27 41 02, Mobile: +47 98 67 55 11

mona.winge@aibel.com

A TAIL OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST OFFSHORE WIND FARM

15th February 2021 in Press releases, Project news

While technology is the answer to most of life’s challenges these days, the world’s largest offshore wind farm has been discovering there are times when only a four-legged friend will do.

The team at Dogger Bank Wind Farm has been going mutts for five-year-old Lola the Sprocker Spaniel, who’s been helping the project sniff out water voles on the 30km cable route in East Riding of Yorkshire.

Water voles are a protected species, commonly found living in watercourses and drainage ditches, and are similar-looking to the brown rat but with a blunt nose, small ears and a furry tail.

“As a responsible developer we use a range of techniques to identify wildlife along our construction routes, so we can take measures to protect them from harm,” explained Consents Team Manager Jonathan Wilson.

“This is the first time we’ve used specially-trained ecology dogs on our sites and Lola was certainly very popular with our on-site team. She positively identified three areas where water voles were present, especially in the hard-to-reach areas and with minimal disturbance to the surrounding habitat.

“Now we’ve found them, our water vole specialist is able to ensure the voles are kept safe during our construction activities following strict guidance under a licence issued by Natural England.

“After the work has finished and we’ve moved on, we would normally expect the water voles to continue life as before.”

 Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?

Detection dogs have been widely used for a number of years to find substances, with their acute sense of smell. But their use in detecting water voles is something that’s only been developed in the last seven years, and was pioneered by Ecologist Dog Handler, Ali Charnick.

“I’ve been training and working with water vole detection dogs for the last seven years and I have to say Lola particularly enjoys this work. She can cover large areas really quickly and efficiently,” explained Ali, from Ecology Dogs, the world’s only provider of this service.

“She’s an active Spaniel and loves to work, has an incredibly good nose and finds the work fun and easy. Her tail doesn’t stop wagging when she’s working and of course she gets a lot of welcome attention from the teams we work with.

“Lola and I have worked on other sites and in similar habitats in Yorkshire, but we’ve never worked on the world’s largest offshore wind farm so that’s very exciting for us and very nice.

“I’m a self-confessed renewable energy nerd too so I was very excited when I got asked to work on it. From a personal point of view it’s been a real privilege.”

Using the most powerful turbines in operation and generating renewable energy for 6 million UK households, Dogger Bank Wind Farm is far from an underdog. In fact these world-leading turbines have blades as long as nine and a half buses back-to-back, and can generate enough renewable electricity to power a UK home for over two days, with just one spin. Find out more about our record-breaking turbine order here.

 

Unearthing ancient history on East Yorkshire cable route

13th January 2021 in Press releases, Project news, Uncategorised

Fragments of long-forgotten Roman and Iron Age moments in history have been unearthed by archaeologists working on the Dogger Bank Wind Farm.

Specialists from AOC Archaeology Group have been carrying out extensive excavations along the cable route in East Yorkshire, for the first two phases of the project since 2018, and are now starting to build a picture of life on the land thousands of years ago.

“So far we’ve found a lot of Iron Age and Roman archaeology, including evidence of rural settlements, enclosures and field systems,” explained Stephen Potten, who manages AOC Archaeology’s York office and is leading the work.

“There’s some structural evidence that may relate to buildings and considerable quantities of domestic pottery. The Dogger Bank project is certainly giving us a great opportunity to gain a better understanding of Iron Age and Roman settlements in the area.

“We’ve always known there were settlements in this area but our excavations are shedding more light on how extensively the area was occupied and how communities interacted with the landscape. The evidence we’ve unearthed suggests that the area was home to busy, thriving communities during the Iron Age and Roman periods.

“As well as pottery, a number of settlements have produced ironwork, animal bone and some evidence of industrial work too. This material helps us to understand what activities were taking place in the Iron Age and Roman periods, and how widespread they were.

“We’ve found some fantastic Roman pottery, often just discarded in ditches and pits. All these artefacts are now in the process of being cleaned and examined by specialists, who’ll be able to tell us if there are any unusual or rare forms and perhaps help us identify any high-status objects. It’s also possible some of the pottery was imported, and this could tell us a lot about trade links and commerce thousands of years ago.”

Archaeological work is set to continue at locations along the Dogger Bank A & B cable route into 2021.

Dogger Bank Wind Farm Consents Team Manager Jonathan Wilson, said: “The archaeological work taking place on the Dogger Bank Wind Farm cable route is a vital part of our work as a responsible developer. It is a great privilege to be able to unearth this fascinating history of the area as we work to build the world’s largest offshore wind farm, which will provide renewable energy for 6 million UK homes.”

About Dogger Bank Wind Farm:

  • Dogger Bank Wind Farm will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm when completed in 2026.
  • It is being built in three phases: Dogger Bank A, B and C.
  • Dogger Bank A and B is a joint venture between SSE Renewables (40%), Equinor (40%) and Eni (20%). Dogger Bank C is a 50:50 joint venture between SSE Renewables and Equinor.
  • SSE Renewables is lead operator for the development and construction of Dogger Bank Wind Farm. Equinor will be lead operator of the wind farm for the duration of the wind farm’s operational phase
  • Financial Close on Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B was reached in November 2020. Financial Close for Dogger Bank C is expected in late 2021.
  • Consent for Dogger Bank Wind Farm was granted in 2015.
  • Dogger Bank Wind Farm is located in the North Sea, with each phase more than 130km from the Yorkshire Coast.
  • Onshore construction began in 2020 and is currently underway for Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B, with offshore construction on Dogger Bank A due to begin in Q2 2022. First power is expected in Summer 2023 and Summer 2024 for Dogger Bank A and B, respectively, with commercial operations to follow around 6 months later.
  • Turbine installation for Dogger Bank C will begin in 2025.
  • A total of 320 skilled jobs for the North East of England associated with the development and operation of Dogger Bank Wind Farm have been announced so far.
  • This includes 120 skilled jobs at marshalling harbour Able Seaton Port in Hartlepool during construction, and 200 skilled jobs to be based offshore and at the Port of Tyne for Operations and Maintenance of the wind farm once operational.
  • Dogger Bank A and B has confirmed GE’s 13MW Haliade-X as the turbine powering the first two phases of the project. As the first order for the 13MW Haliade-X, installation at Dogger Bank A will be the first time the turbine is installed in the world.
  • Dogger Bank C will install GE’s upscaled 14MW Haliade-X turbine.
  • One rotation of the Haliade-X turbine blades can power one UK home for more than two days.
  • The wind turbines will be installed on monopile foundations.
  • The project will be the first High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) connected wind farm in the UK due to its distance from shore.

 

GE’s Haliade-X 14MW turbine to debut at Dogger Bank C

18th December 2020 in Press releases, Project news

Dogger Bank Wind Farm and GE Renewable Energy have today confirmed GE as preferred turbine supplier for Dogger Bank C, announcing at the same time plans to pioneer the upscaled 14MW Haliade-X turbine for this phase.

The 14MW Haliade-X is an upscaled version of the 13MW Haliade-X, the most powerful turbine in operation today, and installation at Dogger Bank C will mark the first time these turbines will be installed at any project world-wide.

The Turbine Supply Agreement and Service and Warranty Agreements for Dogger Bank C will be finalised in the first quarter of 2021, confirming the order and number of turbines and marking continued progress in the delivery of the third phase of the wind farm. These agreements will be subject to Dogger Bank C, which is a joint venture between SSE Renewables and Equinor, reaching Financial Close in late 2021.

Installation of the turbines for Dogger Bank C is set to begin in 2025 ahead of completion of the overall project in 2026.

At 3.6GW Dogger Bank will be the largest wind farm in the world, capable of generating enough renewable power to provide around 5% of the UK’s electricity demand. It is being built in three 1.2GW phases; Dogger Bank A, B and C.

GE is now confirmed as supplying Haliade-X turbine technology to all three phases of Dogger Bank Wind Farm including a record-breaking order for 190 units of GE’s 13MW Haliade-X for phases A and B.

Steve Wilson, Dogger Bank Wind Farm’s Project Director at SSE Renewables, said: “We’re delighted to be working with GE Renewable Energy on all three phases of our development, as the first wind farm in the world to install their innovative and record-breaking Haliade-X turbine technology. Together with GE we are continuing to lead the way on innovation in the offshore wind industry and we’re proud that Dogger Bank will now use a 14MW turbine at Dogger Bank C alongside the 13MW turbine already confirmed for phases A and B.”

John Lavelle, President & CEO, Offshore Wind at GE Renewable Energy, said: “Dogger Bank C will use a 14MW version of the Haliade-X, the most powerful offshore wind turbine in operation today. In doing so, this unique project will both continue to build on the UK’s leadership in offshore wind and serve as a showcase for innovative technology that is helping to provide more clean, renewable energy.”

Halfdan Brustad, vice president for Dogger Bank at Equinor, said: “Once again, GE has demonstrated competitiveness with its ground-breaking Haliade-X, and we are delighted we will be working with them across all three phases of Dogger Bank Wind Farm. Turbine innovation has played a huge role in bringing down the cost of offshore wind, and these world-leading turbines will help us deliver renewable electricity at the lowest cost possible for millions of people across the UK. With our partner SSE Renewables, we are pioneering new technology whilst delivering a project that will create hundreds of skilled jobs. As operator for the project, we look forward to working with the GE team for many years to come.”

Located over 130 km off the north east coast of England, each phase of Dogger Bank Wind Farm will be able to produce 6TWh of renewable electricity, totalling 18TWh annually, equivalent to powering six million UK homes each year.

For further information:

Media contact – Dogger Bank Wind Farm:

Jason Cooke, SSE Renewables

jason.cooke@sse.com

+353 (0) 86 264 6710

Rachel Lawrence, SSE Renewables

rachel.lawrence@sse.com

+44 (0) 7385 368783

 HALIADE-X 14 MW FIGURES

  • 14 MW capacity
  • 220-metre rotor
  • 248 metres high
  • 107-metre long blades
  • 38,000 m2 swept area

IECRE Provisional RNA Component Certificate.

According to EPA Greenhouse gas equivalencies calculator

 About Dogger Bank Wind Farm:

  • Dogger Bank Wind Farm will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm when completed in 2026.
  • It is being built in three phases: Dogger Bank A, B and C.
  • Dogger Bank A and B is a joint venture between SSE Renewables (40%), Equinor (40%) and Eni (20%). Dogger Bank C is a 50:50 joint venture between SSE Renewables and Equinor.
  • SSE Renewables is lead operator for the development and construction of Dogger Bank Wind Farm. Equinor will be lead operator of the wind farm for the duration of the wind farm’s operational phase
  • Financial Close on Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B was reached in November 2020. Financial Close for Dogger Bank C is expected in late 2021.
  • Consent for Dogger Bank Wind Farm was granted in 2015.
  • Dogger Bank Wind Farm is located in the North Sea, with each phase more than 130km from the Yorkshire Coast.
  • Onshore construction began in 2020 and is currently underway for Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B, with offshore construction on Dogger Bank A due to begin in Q2 2022. First power is expected in Summer 2023 and Summer 2024 for Dogger Bank A and B, respectively, with commercial operations to follow around 6 months later.
  • Turbine installation for Dogger Bank C will begin in 2025.
  • A total of 320 skilled jobs for the North East of England associated with the development and operation of Dogger Bank Wind Farm have been announced so far.
  • This includes 120 skilled jobs at marshalling harbour Able Seaton Port in Hartlepool during construction, and 200 skilled jobs to be based offshore and at the Port of Tyne for Operations and Maintenance of the wind farm once operational.
  • Dogger Bank A and B has confirmed GE’s 13MW Haliade-X as the turbine powering the first two phases of the project. As the first order for the 13MW Haliade-X, installation at Dogger Bank A will be the first time the turbine is installed in the world.
  • Dogger Bank C will install GE’s upscaled 14MW Haliade-X turbine.
  • One rotation of the Haliade-X turbine blades can power one UK home for more than two days.
  • The wind turbines will be installed on monopile foundations.
  • The project will be the first High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) connected wind farm in the UK due to its distance from shore.

About SSE Renewables

SSE Renewables is a leading developer, owner and operator of renewable energy across the UK and Ireland, with a portfolio of around 4GW of onshore wind, offshore wind and hydro. Part of the FTSE-listed SSE plc, its strategy is to drive the transition to a net zero future through the world class development, construction and operation of renewable energy assets.

SSE Renewables owns nearly 2GW of operational onshore wind capacity t. Its 1,459MW hydro portfolio includes 300MW of pumped storage and 750MW of flexible hydro. Its operational offshore wind portfolio consists of 487MW across two offshore joint venture sites, Beatrice and Greater Gabbard, both of which it operates on behalf of its asset partners.

SSE Renewables is aiming to treble its renewable energy output by 2030. In addition to Dogger Bank Wind Farm, SSE Renewables is currently leading the construction of the Seagreen 1 offshore wind farm (1,075MW, SSE Renewables share: 49%) and is developing the Berwick Bank and Marr Bank offshore wind farms (up to 4,150MW) in Scotland, North Falls (up to 504MW, SSE Renewables share: 50%) in England, and Arklow Bank Wind Park Phase 2 (520MW) in Ireland. Onshore it is constructing the Viking wind farm (443MW) in Shetland and Gordonbush Extension (38MW) and has a further 1GW of onshore wind in development.

SSE Renewables is a Principal Partner to the UK Government for COP26 UN climate summit taking place in Glasgow in November 2021.

About Equinor in the UK   

Equinor has been operating in the UK for over 35 years. Headquartered in Norway, the company employs 22,000 people globally, and over 650 in the UK. As a broad energy company, Equinor is committed to long term value creation in a low carbon future, and targeting carbon neutral operations globally by 2030.

Equinor is the UK’s leading energy provider and supports the UK economy by investing billions in crucial energy infrastructure, working with over 700 suppliers across the country. Its energy supplies from Norway meet more than one quarter of the UK’s demand for natural gas and around one fifth of its demand for oil, both produced with one of the lowest carbon footprints in the industry. It operates the Mariner oil field, one of the largest and most digitally advanced offshore investments in the UK over the last decade, and is progressing Rosebank, the largest undeveloped field in the UK.

Both projects support hundreds of jobs and economic activity in Scotland. Equinor also operates two offshore wind farms off the East Coast of England, Dudgeon and Sheringham Shoal. It is a pioneer in floating wind technology with Hywind Scotland, the world’s first floating wind farm off the coast of Peterhead, which is partnered with Batwind, the world’s first battery for offshore wind. And with its partner SSE Renewables, Equinor is building the largest offshore wind farm in the world, Dogger Bank, off the North East coast of England. It is also a leader in both carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) and hydrogen, and is developing a number of projects in Europe, including in the Humber and Teesside regions of North East England.

About GE Renewable Energy

GE Renewable Energy is a $15 billion business which combines one of the broadest portfolios in the renewable energy industry to provide end-to-end solutions for our customers demanding reliable and affordable green power. Combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro, storage, utility-scale solar, and grid solutions as well as hybrid renewables and digital services offerings, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts of clean renewable energy and equipped more than 90 percent of utilities worldwide with its grid solutions. With nearly 40,000 employees present in more than 80 countries, GE Renewable Energy creates value for customers seeking to power the world with affordable, reliable and sustainable green electrons.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson praises team behind world’s largest offshore windfarm

11th December 2020 in Press releases, Project news

The UK Prime Minister has today praised the team behind the Dogger Bank Wind Farm for the role it’s playing in bringing jobs and investment to the north of England, while driving a green economic recovery. 

Located over 130 km off the north east coast of England, Dogger Bank Wind Farm is pioneering new technology.

It will be the first project to use the largest commercially available turbine in the world, GE Renewable Energy’s 13MW Haliade-X, and due to its distance from shore, the first UK High Voltage Direct Current connected wind farm.

In a visit to the ORE Catapult, in Blyth, Northumberland, the Prime Minister said Dogger Bank Wind Farm would bring high quality jobs and investment and drive economic recovery. With a focus on skills and opportunities for young people he said the site was central to the UK’s power future, generating jobs and growth for years to come.

When fully completed in 2026, each phase of Dogger Bank Wind Farm will be able to produce 6TWh of renewable electricity, totalling 18TWh annually – enough to supply around 5% of the UK’s demand and equivalent to powering six million UK homes each year.

ORE Catapult’s world-leading facility is currently testing GE’s record-breaking turbine, ahead of its installation on Dogger Bank Wind Farm. SSE Renewables and Equinor will install 190 of the innovative turbines in the first two phases of the development.

Dogger Bank Wind Farm Project Director, Steve Wilson, said: “Dogger Bank Wind Farm demonstrates innovation and ambition never before seen in the offshore wind industry, using the world’s most powerful wind turbines in operation, GE’s 13MW Haliade-X. To have this recognised by the UK Prime Minister is a tremendous boost for our highly-skilled team, who’ve worked so hard during the pandemic to keep the project on track to supply more than 6 million UK homes from 2026.

ORE Catapult’s Blyth testing facility is playing a critically important role in the development of Dogger Bank Wind Farm. The Prime Minister was visibly impressed with the expertise he encountered there, as well as the scale of GE’s giant turbine blades and nacelles.

“The Prime Minister clearly recognises the importance of our project in the green economic recovery of the UK, as we create the jobs that will boost the economy and the renewable energy that will significantly contribute to his net zero targets in our post-COVID world.”

Chief Executive of the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Andrew Jamieson, said “Through our collaboration with GE Renewable Energy and LM Wind Power, the Catapult’s world leading test and validation facilities in Blyth are pivotal to delivering Haliade-X, the world’s leading offshore wind turbine, to Dogger Bank Wind Farm. As importantly, they are also at the heart of an extensive programme of UK academic research and innovation, supporting the growth of the UK supply chain and SMEs delivering the vital technologies to meet our net zero commitments and fuel the green economic recovery.

“We’re really pleased to see SSE Renewables and Equinor taking a world leading role in delivering Dogger Bank Wind Farm and adopting the breakthrough technologies of GE’s Haliade-X”.

Olivier Fontan, CEO of LM Wind Power, which is part of GE Renewable Energy, said: “It was a pleasure to show the Prime Minister GE’s world-leading Haliade-X, the world’s largest offshore wind turbine in operation today. The perfect technology for the world’s largest offshore wind farm at Dogger Bank. A single sweep of the Haliade-X blades will be able to power the average UK household for more than two days. Testing a blade of this size and complexity, at the ORE Catapult in Blyth, is a tremendous technological achievement.”

About Dogger Bank Wind Farm:

  • Dogger Bank Wind Farm will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm once complete.
  • It is being built in three phases: Dogger Bank A, B and C.
  • Dogger Bank Wind Farm is a Joint Venture between SSE Renewables and Equinor:

– When the transaction to sell a stake in the project to Eni completes in Q1 2021, the new shareholding in Dogger Bank A and B, will be SSE Renewables (40%), Equinor (40%) and Eni (20%)

– Dogger Bank C remains a 50:50 joint venture between SSE Renewables and Equinor.

  • SSE Renewables is lead operator for the development and construction of Dogger Bank Wind Farm.
  • Equinor will be lead operator of the wind farm for the duration of the wind farm’s operational phase of up to 35 years
  • Financial Close on Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B was reached in November 2020. Financial Close for Dogger Bank C is expected in late 2021.
  • Consent was granted in 2015.
  • Located in the North Sea, with each phase more than 130km from the Yorkshire Coast.
  • Onshore construction began in 2020, and offshore construction will begin with turbine installation for Dogger Bank A in 2023
  • The first phase, Dogger Bank A, is expected to be operational in 2023. The wind farm is expected to be fully operational in 2026.
  • A total of 320 skilled jobs for the North East of England associated with the development and operation of Dogger Bank Wind Farm have been announced so far.
  • This includes 120 skilled jobs at marshalling harbour Able Seaton Port in Hartlepool during construction, and 200 skilled jobs to be based offshore and at the Port of Tyne for Operations and Maintenance of the wind farm once operational.
  • Dogger Bank A and B has confirmed GE’s 13MW Haliade-X as the turbine powering the first two phases of the project, representing the first-ever install of what is the world’s largest wind turbine.
  • One rotation of the Haliade-X 13MW blades can power one UK home for more than two days.
  • The wind turbines will be installed on monopile foundations.
  • The project will be the first High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) connected wind farm in the UK due to its distance from shore.